Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Rick Wagner's preseason performance has earned the second-year player the starting spot at right tackle, while guard-tackle Jah Reid has played his way into the top backup role at tackle behind Wagner and starting left tackle Eugene Monroe.
“[Wagner has] been solid,” Harbaugh said. “Solid is the next step before being good, and good is the next step before being great. I think he’s on his way in a lot of ways. He’s got plenty of things to work on, but he does not make mistakes twice, and he’s a good athlete.”
Through two preseason games, Harbaugh said teams are trying to overpower Wagner on the outside.
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“They tried to bull rush him and go after him that way, and he’s not really gotten moved too much at all,” Harbaugh said.
Wagner played in all 16 games last year as a rookie, and he emerged from a competition during OTAs and minicamp with fellow second-year lineman Ryan Jensen.
Reid, who missed the team's offseason workouts with a calf injury, has held down the reserve right tackle spot opposite undrafted rookie left tackle James Hurst.